$350,000 for No Toothpaste?!

rjg329/Flickr   Talk about frivolous lawsuits! Rights Juris reports: Jerry Flanory, 58, of Flint, Michigan filed a lawsuit against prison officials a few years ago. It was dismissed as “frivolous.” The Federal Appeals Court has reinstated his lawsuit against the officials at Newberry prison in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Jerry Flanory contends that not being allowed …

Teaching Kids Good Dental Hygiene Habits

As we’ve noted previously, children’s tooth decay continues to rise, often left untreated. We can imagine a few reasons parents might ignore the issue – from financial hardship to the belief that decay in primary teeth doesn’t really pose a problem since the teeth will just fall out anyway. The latter, of course, isn’t a …

Biosis 28: Understanding Illness & Healing, Dental Hygiene Tips & More

  The new issue of our quarterly newsletter Biosis is available online now. Check it out now to learn more about: A biological dentist’s perspective on living systems, illness and healing Why just brushing your teeth isn’t enough to avoid cavities and gum disease Persevering through tough times Read Biosis 28 now.  

Just Brushing Your Teeth Isn’t Enough

It’s a common refrain: brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day. But did you know that you can brush regularly yet still be at risk of cavities and gum disease? Consider a study recently published in the Swedish Dental Journal. The study examined 500 randomly selected adolescents from Västra Götaland (Fyrbodal …

Little Evidence Tamiflu Works & Other News of Note

British Researchers: Little Evidence Tamiflu Works (PhysOrg) Researchers at the Cochrane Review, an international nonprofit that reviews health information, looked at previously published papers on Tamiflu as used for seasonal flu. They found insufficient data to prove whether the antiviral reduces complications like pneumonia in otherwise healthy people but concluded the drug shortens flu symptoms …

How to Brush Your Teeth

The conventional wisdom says that you should brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day to avoid tooth decay. But it doesn’t follow that so long as you brush regularly, you’ll get no cavities. A number of other factors work together to determine this – things such as dietary habits and genetic …

“Candy Season” & Your Teeth

Originally posted in September 2008, in slightly different form   A Fall 2008 headline and lead from the LA Times: It’s candy season so let the kids indulge It’s that time of year. The haul of Halloween candy kicks it off, and close on its heels are Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies. Here’s some surprising …

Does Toothpaste Matter?

“Buying Toothpaste” by Judith Raices   So does it reallymatter which toothpaste you use? According to a Wealthy Dentist survey, 65% of dentists say yes. We say yes. And no. As we’ve written previously, toothpaste isn’t the most important factor in dental hygiene. What matters more are the tools you use and how you use …